Today, the watchmaker is known for its exclusive (mostly limited series of 1 or 12 watches) timepieces, made with very rare and exceptional materials like precious stones, or even meteorite parts.
A unique objet d‘art, the Meteoris planetarium depicts the Solar System in truly spectacular fashion while also serving as a showcase for four stunning unique tourbillon timepieces, each featuring a rare meteorite: Tourbillon Mars, Tourbillon Rosetta Stone, Tourbillon Asteroid and Tourbillon Moon.
Louis Moinet Meteoris gets its name from the meteor pieces it has integrated into the dial of the watch.
The Louis Moinet Meteoris is, in fact, a set of four tourbillon watches, but they are sold as a set. Each of the watches have dials made of out-of-this-world materials, such as meteorite from Mars, the moon, an asteroid, and an ancient meteorite called “Rosetta Stone.“ When you buy the set, you get a complimentary planetarium that depicts the solar system.
1st “METEORIS” Tourbillon: MARS. This tourbillon presents a meteorite from the planet Mars, finely inlaid into a hand-engraved dial and adorned with an astrolabe-type appliqué, serving as a reminder of the ties between man and the cosmos. This is a world first, since no stone from Mars had ever yet been used in watchmaking.
The case of this unique model is crafted from 18-carat white gold set with 56 baguette-cut Top Wesselton VVS diamonds totalling 3.46 carats.
Meteorite “Jiddat al Harasis 479”. Mars Meteorite. Martian meteorites are Martian rocks that were ejected from Mars by impacts and later fell to the Earth as meteorites.
“The inventor of the chronograph’s legacy lives on through collections like this. Technically this is a set of watches, these four tourbillons sell for $4,599,487. What makes these watches so unique (and expensive) are the construction materials. Collaborating with Luc Labenne, the watches have been made using pieces from not only the moon, but also a Mars meteorite and an asteroid. You also get a a complimentary planetarium depicting the solar system with your multi-million dollar investment.”
That immediately brought to mind one of my fondest memories, involving my daughter when she was just a toddler of one: taking her with me on the short walk to check the mail. I live in a small enclave of homes in which all the mailboxes are together in a central location, less than a minute’s walk from my front door
2nd “METEORIS” Tourbillon: ROSETTA STONE. The meteorite used in this model has been nicknamed the “Rosetta Stone” because it is the oldest known rock in the solar system and the oldest meteorite ever found on earth – with an estimated age of 4,566,200,000 years!
The extremely complicated case of this unique model is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and comprises 50 different parts.
Meteorite “Sahara 99555”. Legendary meteorite, considered as the “Rosetta Stone” of our solar system. The oldest known rock of our solar system and the oldest meteorite found on earth.
3rd “METEORIS” Tourbillon: ASTEROID
The meteorite adorning the hand-engraved dial comes from Itqiy, a mysterious asteroid that was formed near the sun. Itqiy has provided invaluable scientific information on the formation of the solar system, while its own origin remains a mystery.
The “Asteroid” tourbillon is presented in an 18-carat white gold case set with baguette-cut diamonds and engraved with the legend “Pièce Unique”. As with the other tourbillons, a hand engraving on the dial depicts the meteorite’s trajectory towards the earth, represented beneath the hands by a pietersite gemstone.
Meteorite “Itqiy”. Unique and mysterious asteroid formed near the Sun. It has provided invaluable scientific information on parts of the solar system rarely sampled.
4th ”METEORIS” Tourbillon: MOON
The first tourbillon to picture an authentic lunar meteorite, “Moon” is distinguished by its dark structure featuring a number of fine occlusions.
This tourbillon watch is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and fitted with a hand-sewn crocodile leather strap lined with genuine alligator leather.
Meteorite “Dhofar 459”. Moon Meteorite. Lunar meteorites are moon rocks that were ejected from the Moon by impacts and later fell to the Earth as meteorites.